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11.5.16

The Syrian Peace Drive – Too Little, Too Late?

Photo by Kurdishstruggle. From Flickr.

Leaders from many countries who attended the meeting at the United Nations in New York on 15 September 2015 have been discussing Syria as the country faces destruction. It was the 70th anniversary meeting of the UN General Assembly and the general debate of the sessions carried on through to 6 October. David Cameron had stated that President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of Syria’s future and this is something which he and the other leaders discussed in great depth at the meetings; it is clear that al-Assad cannot continue as the President of Syria.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, voiced his view that he wanted the talks at the meetings to be a platform to help find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis. The time for action is now though; leaders from the other countries involved must also take a stand against President al-Assad and assume some responsibility for allowing the crisis to get so out of control and endure for so long, especially after letting the Islamic State militants in Syria become so mighty.

Some leaders such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama dominated the General Assembly opening proceedings. One would hope that with such important and powerful politicians personally taking part in the meetings something good must surely emerge from the talks. The need to stand up to the different factions who wield control in Syria at the moment and bring order to the country is positively ungodly – the killing and constant suffering of innocent civilians cannot be allowed to persist.

The Syrian crisis has had a knock-on effect for many parts of Europe, too, with refugees flooding over from Syria and neighbouring countries out of sheer desperation. At the start of this mass inpouring all over Europe, there had been a great show of solidarity to help the refugees and for the moment we can all have peace of mind because at least when a crisis like this happens, the world takes notice and rallies together. The UN warned all at the General Assembly that this is Europe’s largest influx of refugees for 70 years and more must be done. However, recently Europe has started to close its borders to the refugees and a large amount of refugees have been denied access to certain borders in Central Europe. This has caused a number of confrontations between countries.

Hungary, for example, has been sending armoured vehicles to its borders, as has Croatia. In other countries like Slovenia, police have shut many crossings as a result of Croatia attempting to deport thousands of refugees who wish to use its borders as entry points to the European Union. In some cases, pepper spray has been used by Slovenian police on hundreds of Syrian and Afghan refugees who have been trying to get to Northern Europe. This trouble began when Hungary made the decision to close its southern border with Serbia, which caused a well-known refugee railroad to be cut off – a route that had brought 170,000 refugees into the EU since the beginning of the year alone. It certainly has been a testing time for all the countries involved, but we can only hope that the leaders of the world reach an agreement and find a solution to the crisis before it is too late for everyone who so desperately requires help, especially now that Russia has started bombing parts of Syria.

Global Seven News

Lee Cross

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